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Dive Locations

7 recommended locations:

Diani Beach

Diani is one of Kenya’s premier resorts, with soft white sandy beaches, warm azure water and great diving and snorkelling possibilities, with whale sharks and humpback whales visiting seasonally. It also makes a great twin-centre with wildlife hotspot the Masai Mara.

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, whale shark, hawksbill turtle, ornate ghost pipefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Mombasa Marine Park

Mombasa Marine Park encompasses some of the best coral gardens in Kenya; offering a diverse range of diving activities, from wreck diving to drift reef diving, deep dives and spectacular night dives. Highlights include the stunning Vuma Caves and the MV Dania wreck.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, whale shark, hawksbill turtle, white-tip reef shark, spotted eagle ray
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Watamu National Marine Park

Created in 1968, Watamu is one of the finest marine parks in Kenya, with excellent diving and snorkelling possibilities. Over 1000 species of fish have been identified here and you can expect to encounter devil rays, mantas and whale shark (in season), dolphins and turtles.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, green turtle, giant grouper, common dolphin
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Amboseli National Park

The snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro dominates the backdrop of Amboseli National Park and creates a highly scenic setting - the classic image of East Africa. More than 50 mammals and 400 bird species make this one of Kenya’s most sought-after destinations.

  • Excellent for: Wildlife

Masai Mara National Reserve

Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary is a natural paradise of gently rolling grasslands and acacia trees.The ancestral homelands of the Masai, a curious harmony between man and wildlife exists that allows for large migrations and a home for predators and plains wildlife.

  • Excellent for: Wildlife

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu is a remote, arid wilderness of scrub desert and scorched savannah coloured with creams, greens and earthen ochre; perfect camouflage for its wildlife and bird species rarely found elsewhere, and the large herds of elephant attracted by the Ewaso Ng’iro River.

  • Excellent for: Wildlife

Tsavo National Park

One of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Tsavo is wild and untamed, with abundant wildlife including large herds of elephant and the black rhino. The snowy peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro dominate the scene and make the perfect photographic backdrop.

  • Excellent for: Wildlife

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Dive trips

Enjoy Kenya for a week of underwater safari diving, or extend your stay to experience the north and south of the coastline. Your trip can also include a land-based safari at one of the many parks that Kenya is famed for.
3 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Southern Kenya Explorer

Spend a week at one of Kenya’s premier coastal resorts, where the marine life is diverse with colourful corals and larger pelagics such as whale sharks and humpback whales visiting seasonally.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Northern Kenya Explorer

Stay at an all-inclusive resort on a world-class beach, adjacent to Watamu, one of Africa's most pristine marine reserves. With several prime dive sites close by, you can expect to see manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins and turtles.

  • When to go: Oct-May
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Kenya Dive Safari

If you don’t have time for a longer safari, we suggest combining a week diving the reefs of the Mombasa Marine Park with a couple of nights at the Tsavo National Park, one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

The UK’s winter is generally the best time to dive Kenya.

Seasons

  • Long rains

    Apr to Jun: Kenya’s ‘long rains’ can make travel difficult
  • Dry season

    Jul to Sep: While dry, offshore winds can bring swell, limiting diving opportunities, especially in the north
  • Short rains

    Oct to Dec: The short rains season brings less rain and travel and diving are good
  • High season

    Jan to Mar: Dry weather and calm seas make this the perfect time to visit Kenya

Wildlife events

  • Oct to Jan: Good months for whale shark and manta ray encounters
  • Jul to Sep: Whales migrate through Kenya’s waters

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